As part of the DEFRA-funded Clean Air Villages programme, CRP are excited to launch an online Ultra-Low Emission Supplier Directory. The directory lists businesses in and around London that deliver using vehicles that are ultra-low emission, from cargo bikes to electric vehicles, and it also supports the Mayor of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone that came into effect in April.
Switching suppliers to those that use cleaner vehicles will improve air quality, a prominent issue as over 9000 Londoners are dying prematurely yearly because of toxic air (Mayor of London). Working with the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lewisham and Islington the directory has a localised element for 5 ‘villages’ as part of the Clean Air Villages programme. These Air Quality Focus Areas are Archway, Bunhill/Old Street, Fulham Town Centre, Deptford High Street and Lewisham Town Centre. To be included in the directory, suppliers guaranteed they would deploy ultra-low emission vehicles’ at least 80% of the time when delivering/collecting in the Clean Air Village concerned.
Building on the success of the directory and Clean Air Villages, CRP looks forward to working with the London Borough of Lewisham in partnership with the London Boroughs of Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council, Cadogan Estates (landowners), and Euston Town BID on the Clean Air Villages 2 project that was recently granted funding by DEFRA for 2019-20.
Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer, Principal Programme Manager at Cross River Partnership, believes the directory is “an innovative tool that makes it easier for businesses, large or small, to do their bit towards cleaning up London’s air. We hope to add more businesses and other villages into our directory in the coming months.”